Read FBI background report on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

In 1991, George H.W. Bush considered Jobs for an appointment on the President's Council, and the FBI dug into the Apple honcho's youthful behaviors.

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Turns out that the FBI did a background check on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1991, when he was considered for an appointment on George H.W. Bush's President's Export Council.

According to the report, which the bureau published today, Jobs' past drug use raised some questions, as did his lack of support for his eldest child, who was born out of wedlock. Jobs died last October after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.

You can read the report here. We've pulled some screen shots from the report and they're below. Many names in the report have been redacted out.

Reading through the early pages, we know that Jobs wasn't a communist or wasn't connected to any group that wanted to overthrow the government. They really asked him that. According to the Council's Web site, the group is the "principal national advisory committee on international trade."

At first blush, there aren't really any ground-breaking revelations in the report. In 1985, there was an attempt to extort Jobs and Apple by a man who said he had planted bombs at the company and nothing appears to have come of it (pages 184-186 in the report). But we already knew that Jobs was estranged from the mother of his daughter Lisa for a while but eventually grew closer to his daughter. He told Walter Isaacson for the author's biography on Jobs that taking LSD was a seminal moment for him.

"Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life," Jobs told Isaacson.

Twisting facts and the truth? Countless reports and stories have been written about the famed Jobs' "distortion field." And yes, it was well known that the hard-driving Jobs could be flinty at times.

In what was supposed to be a hurry-up background check, the Apple co-founder kept FBI interviewers waiting, and told them he could not even meet for one hour over three weeks. Remember, the background investigation occurred when Jobs was operating NeXT and before his return to Apple in 1996. It took place years before he began building his iconic products, the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Seems Jobs just wasn't impressed enough to change his schedule for FBI agents or presidents.

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